Date: May 17, 2008

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

CELTICS TIE PLAYOFF RECORD

The Celtics are now 0-6 on the road in the 2008 playoffs, equaling an NBA record for consecutive road losses to start a playoff season. Two other teams lost their first six road playoff games in one playoff year: the Lakers in 1971 and Heat in 2004.

Boston Celtics

GAME SEVEN IN BOSTON

Cleveland's win forces a Game Seven in Boston. It will be the Celtics 19th Game Seven at home. That's six more than any other NBA franchise. The Lakers are next with 13.

Boston Celtics

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James

THE KING SHOOTS BELOW 50 PERCENT AGAIN

LeBron James made 9 of 23 shots in Game Six and has now shot below 50 percent from the field in each of his last nine games, the second-longest streak in NBA playoff history by a reigning NBA scoring champion. Rick Barry had a 12-game streak in 1967. Two players had a seven-game streak: Allen Iverson (2001) and George Gervin (1982).

Cleveland Cavaliers

JACKSON WINS ANOTHER PLAYOFF SERIES

Phil Jackson has now been the winning coach for 46 playoff series, the most in NBA history. Only one other coach won more than 25 playoff series: Pat Riley (40).

Los Angeles Lakers

HOME TEAMS CONTINUE TO DOMINATE

It's not just the Celtics. Home teams have won 50 of 65 games during the 2008 NBA playoffs (.769), the highest percentage since 1965 (20-6, .769).

Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

MLB

ASTROS NEAR COMEBACK

On Thursday night, the Astros overcame a 6-run deficit to beat the Giants, 8-7. On Friday night, the Astros trailed the Rangers, 8-2, before tying the game at 8-8, only to eventually lose 16-8. If the Astros had completed the comeback Friday night, they would have been only the fourth team since 1900 to win consecutive games after trailing by at least six runs in both.

Houston Astros

CHACON SETS MAJOR LEAGUE RECORD

Houston's comeback put Shawn Chacon in the record book. Chacon is the first player in major league history without a decision in any of his first nine starts of a season.

Houston Astros

TAMPA BAY STARTING PITCHERS CONTINUE TO DOMINATE

Andy Sonnanstine allowed one run in eight innings in the Rays' win over the Cardinals Friday night. Tampa Bay starting pitchers have allowed only nine runs over the last 10 games. Over the last 30 years, only four other American League teams had starting pitchers allow nine or fewer runs over a 10-game span: Detroit in 1986, Milwaukee in 1990, Kansas City in 1991 and Boston in 2000.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

THREE SOLO HOMERS IN SIXTH INNING FOR INDIANS

Cleveland scored three runs Friday night, all on solo home runs, all in the sixth inning. It's only the second time in team history that the Indians scored three (or more) runs, all in one inning, all via a bases empty homer. The Tribe lost to Detroit, 6-3, on April 24, 1954. They scored all their runs in that game in the fourth inning on solo homers by Bill Glynn, Bobby Avila and Larry Doby.

Cleveland Indians

WERTH HIS WEIGHT IN GOLD

Jayson Werth hit three home runs and knocked in eight runs in Philadelphia's 10-3 win over Toronto Friday night. Werth is the first major league player with that many homers and that many RBI in one game since Alex Rodriguez did it on April 26, 2005 against the Angels (A-Rod had 3 HR and 10 RBI in that game). It has been almost six years since a National League player did it: Sammy Sosa for the Cubs at Colorado on August 10, 2002 (3 HR, 9 RBI).

Philadelphia Phillies

BRAVES 15-4 AT HOME

The Braves beat Oakland Friday night and are now 15-4 at home this season. It's only the fourth time since 1900 that the Braves (Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta) won 15 (or more) of its first 19 home games. They also did it in 1953, 1983 and 2000 (15-4 in all three seasons).

Atlanta Braves

O'S OVERCOME TWO-RUN DEFICIT TO WIN

The Orioles beat the Nationals, 5-3, Friday night overcoming a two-run deficit. It was the 11th time this season - and the third consecutive game - in which the Orioles came back from a deficit of at least two runs to win. That's the most such wins for any team in the majors this season, one more than the Phillies.

Baltimore came back to win only 18 games all of last season in which they trailed by at least two runs at anytime during the game.

Baltimore Orioles

SORIANO NOW HAS 12 HOME RUNS ON FIRST PITCH OF FIRST INNING

Soriano has now hit a home run on the first pitch in the first inning (top or bottom) 12 times since he became an everyday leadoff hitter for the Yankees in 2002. That's the most such home runs for any major league player over that span. Craig Biggio (nine) and Ichiro (six) are next on this list since 2002.

It's also the third time Soriano has hit the first pitch of the first inning of a game against the Pirates. He also did it against Ian Snell on July 15, 2006 and Paul Maholm on September 21, 2007.

Chicago Cubs

SORIANO HITS THIRD LEADOFF HOME RUN IN LAST FOUR GAMES

Alfonso Soriano hit Tom Gorzelanny's first pitch for a home run Friday afternoon. Soriano has now hit three leadoff home runs in the last four games. The last major league player to do that was Minnesota's Jacque Jones in August 2002 and you have to go back to August of 2001 to find the last National League player to accomplish that feat: Craig Biggio.

Chicago Cubs


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